Health consumers already paying out thousands of dollars a year in premiums may at last be able to check out what further out of pocket costs they face going to private specialists with the announcement of plans for an official website disclosing fee levels. “We support this first important step to...
It has taken a while but something comparable to the impact consumer power has exerted in areas like banking and retail is now emerging in health care. Consumer influence over the future shape of health services was a repeated theme at the Australian Financial Review’s Healthcare Summit last week...
Heart disease is a huge and often unrecognised problem for many Australians, and it is good news that both sides of politics today have announced their support for a comprehensive heart health check to be financed by Medicare. “Even though there is one case of heart attack or stroke occurring in...
With thousands of online resources on health, how do you know which ones to trust or which websites best address your needs? Whether you are grappling with a particular health issue or just looking to maximise your personal health potential, navigating the increasingly complex maze of modern health...
The inclusion of the professional pharmacy organisation in negotiations for the community pharmacy agreement is a positive step and serves to highlight the need for consumers to be represented too, the Consumers Health Forum says. This week the Government has pledged that the Pharmaceutical Society...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes Labor’s plan to establish a national health reform commission as a timely step towards improvement and innovation of Australia’s health system. “It is 35 years since the last big change, Medicare, and it is now well past time for a more contemporary Medicare to...
The Consumers Health Forum today launches a new portal, # BeHealthAware , to help people find the health information they seek. Modern health care involves more choice and complexity for consumers and patients than ever, the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, says. “That’s why we have...
A survey conducted by CHF has revealed that more action is needed to improve the way people get their information about their medicines. The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has raised the issue of how consumers can better access information about the medicines they take. He has asked the...
This week’s new Report on Government Services indicates that Australia’s publicly-funded health services are performing passably well in meeting demand - but could do better. It provides yet more evidence highlighting the need for changes in primary health care that the Consumers Health Forum have...
A change in the law enabling people to delete permanently their My Health Record, should strengthen public trust in the system, the Consumers Health Forum says. “This change will reassure those people who were concerned that their decision to opt out of MHR would not prevent their record being...

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